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Toddler Ride Guide (Part Two)

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August 31, 2012
Toddler Ride Guide (Part Two)

If you caught part one of my Toddler Ride Guide, you’ll know that our family is shortly headed to Walt Disney World with an infant and a toddler.  I’ve already talked about attraction best bets for toddlers at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.  This is what you should be mindful of when visiting Epcot...
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What kind of bag should I take into the parks?

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August 20, 2012
What kind of bag should I take into the parks?

Friends travelling to Disney usually ask me if they’re going to be able to take anything into the parks with them or if they’ll be stopped at the gates and asked to throw out the items.  I’m always so happy to say that Disney is really very great about allowing guests to bring items...
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How to Stretch Your Disney Dining Credits

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August 19, 2012
How to Stretch Your Disney Dining Credits

Dining at Walt Disney World can be pricey. The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is a real wallet-saver, especially if you travel during Free Disney Dining promotions. Even with Disney’s assistance, though, my family almost always ends up spending money out-of-pocket on food too. In a couple weeks, we will be headed back to the...
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Expedition Everest – Do you dare?

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August 9, 2012
Almost there!

If you’re like me, than you love thrill rides.   Coasters are the top of the heap and typically for me, the more extreme the better.  You might think that its rather strange that I love thrill rides, with Disney World being my favorite theme park.   I have to admit it does seem...
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You Say It’s Your Birthday

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August 7, 2012
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August is a “birthday month” in our family and what better way to celebrate the day than at Walt Disney World?  Here are some ideas. When booking your WDW vacation, let the travel agent or Disney CM know about the Birthday, the name and the age.  And let your resort know when you check-in. ...
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Toddler Ride Guide (Part One)

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July 27, 2012
Toddler Ride Guide (Part One)

Since we’re headed to Walt Disney World soon, with two little ones in tow, I thought it would be a good time to review attractions that we can enjoy as a family.  If you check out attraction ride requirements that should tell you with some certainty what is acceptable for kids under three, right?...
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5 Hidden Gems at Disney California Adventure

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July 25, 2012
5 Hidden Gems at Disney California Adventure

Headed to the left coast to check out the new and improved Disney California Adventure?  After a full five year expansion, there have been so many magical changes (with over twenty new attractions and shows)- no doubt you have been doing your Disney homework!   Much has been written about Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, World...
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The Special Mouse Podcast

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July 24, 2012
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    For most Disney fans, podcasts are a rich source of both information and entertainment. What is a podcast? Think of it a little like an online radio show. There are numerous shows out there in RSS Land that discuss just about everything Disney – News & Rumors, Park History, Photography, Food, Weddings...
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Did you know…the connection between Sue the T-Rex, Chicago, and Walt Disney World?

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July 15, 2012
Did you know…the connection between Sue the T-Rex, Chicago, and Walt Disney World?

As you all know, I live in the south suburbs of Chicago, home to some of the most amazing museums in the world! One of my favorites, even from when I was a little kid, is the Field Museum! I always loved wandering around, looking at all the artifacts from Egypt, American Indians, and...
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Disney Fantasy Part 3 – Dining

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July 13, 2012
Let's start with dessert - my first onboard

My initial intent with this article was to give you a comprehensive guide to the dining on the Disney Fantasy complete with descriptions of each lush dish.  However it appears I was a victim of vacation brain on our latest trip.  Although I took loads of pictures of the delicious food (along with substantial...
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